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Conceptualization and measurement of dimensionality of place attachment

By Ning Chen, Larry Dwyer and Tracey Firth


To extend the discussion and application of place attachment to tourism-relevant contexts, this article proposes two neglected dimensions: place memory and place expectation. Combining these dimensions, a six-dimension construct of place attachment is tested using confirmatory factor analysis and found to be a good fit for data collected from two places: Sydney, Australia and Shanghai, China. The new dimensionality includes an individual’s past experience and future expectations of his/her attachment to a place, and thus has a potential to interpret one’s attachment to a place based on a shorter term stay. The implications of the study for researchers and destination managers are discussed

Topics: Place attachment; Tourism destination; Place memory; Place expectation; Cross-culture; Confirmatory factor analysis, Business, Tourism and Travel
Publisher: ePublications@SCU
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.3727/108354214X14029467968529
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